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Janet McDonald

Born: Aug 10, 1953

Death: Apr 11, 2007

Birthplace: Brooklyn

Profession: Writer

Nationality: United States

Janet McDonald

Date of Birth : Aug 10, 1953
Date of Death : Apr 11, 2007
Birth Place : Brooklyn

Janet McDonald was an American writer of young adult novels as well as the author of Project Girl, a memoir about her early life in the Brooklyn projects and struggle to achieve an Ivy League education. Her best known children's book is Spellbound, which tells the story of a teenaged mother who wins a spelling competition and a college scholarship. The book was named as the American Library Association's Best Book for Young Adults in 2002. In addition to books, McDonald also wrote articles for publications such as Slate, including one in which she paid psychic Sylvia Browne $700 for a telephone reading. McDonald was a member of Mensa, the high IQ society. After graduating from Vassar, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and New York University Law School, McDonald practiced law in New York City and Seattle. She took a position as an intern at a Paris law firm before moving to Olympia, Washington to work in the Attorney General's office and teach French language classes at Evergreen State College. McDonald settled in Paris in 1995 to work first as an international attorney and then as a writer, until she died of cancer in 2007.


  • Writer

Awards Won

  • John Steptoe New Talent Award
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